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Encyclopedia > Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Lee Waltrip
Born: February 5, 1947 (1947-02-05) (age 60)
Birthplace: Flag of United States Owensboro, Kentucky
Awards: 1985 Winston Cup Champion

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NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Statistics
809 races run over 29 years.
Best Cup Position: 1st - 1981, 1982, 1985 (Winston Cup)
First Race: 1972 Winston 500 (Talladega)
Last Race: 2000 NAPA 500 (Atlanta)
First Win: 1975 Music City USA 420 (Nashville)
Last Win: 1992 Mountain Dew Southern 500 (Darlington)
Wins Top Tens Poles
84 390 59

Darrell Lee Waltrip (born February 5, 1947 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is a three-time former NASCAR Winston Cup champion, the 1989 Daytona 500 winner, and current television race commentator with Fox Broadcasting Company. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... The 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began on Sunday February 10 and ended on Sunday November 17. ... At one time, two different NASCAR races were known as the Winston 500: For the race at Talladega Superspeedway from 1971 to 1993 and in 1997, see Aarons 499 For the race at Talladega Superspeedway from 1998 to 2000, see UAW Ford 500 This is a disambiguation page, a... Talladega Superspeedway is a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama. ... The 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began on Sunday February 13 and ended on Sunday November 20. ... The Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. ... Atlanta Motor Speedway is a superspeedway in Hampton, Georgia, USA, 20 miles (32 km) south of Atlanta. ... There are two oval race tracks near Nashville, Tennessee sometimes referred to as Nashville Speedway Nashville Speedway USA is a small track fomerly visited by NASCAR touring series, currently operated by new management. ... The 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season began on February 9 and ended on November 15. ... The Mountain Dew Southern 500, known traditionally as the Southern 500, was a 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR Nextel Cup race held from 1950-2004 at Darlington Raceway. ... Darlington Raceway during the 2006 Dodge Charger 500. ... February 5 is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... Owensboro is the third largest city in Kentucky and the county seat of Daviess County. ... NASCAR Nextel Cup logo NEXTEL Cup trophy, adopted in 2004 4-time champion Jeff Gordon poses with the Winston Cup trophy (used prior to 2004) The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCARs top stock car racing series. ... The 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began February 12 and ended November 19. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... For the animal, see Fox. ...

Contents

Early years and "Jaws" nickname

Local Racer

An early racer in Idaho at the Idaho Motor Speedway (asphalt track in Whitesville, IA) and Ellis Raceway(dirt track on US Highway 60 west in Daviess County, KY- now closed) near his Owensboro, Kentucky home; Waltrip's success led to him moving to Nashville, Tennessee, to race at the Nashville Speedway USA (now Music City Motorplex) at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, where he would win two track championships. There, he would aggressively promote the week's race when he appeared on a local television program promoting the speedway's races, and was not afraid to frequent the show when other competitors refused. Some of the notorious trash-talking on air included making fun of drivers such as Coo Coo Marlin (whose son Sterling, later raced at the circuit and is a two-time Daytona 500 winner), James "Flookie" Buford, whose nickname he would mock on air (James and son Joe Buford were both track champions — Joe Buford would beat Waltrip's record of 55 wins at the MCM), and was known for a swagger similar to the swagger of another famous Kentuckian at the time, Muhammad Ali. Nickname: Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806 Government  - Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area  - City  526. ... Music City Motorplex is a NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series racetrack located at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds near downtown Nashville, Tennessee. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Clifton Coo Coo Marlin (January 3, 1932–August 14, 2005) was a NASCAR Winston Cup driver who spent 14 years in the series. ... Sterling Marlin (born June 30, 1957 in Columbia, Tennessee) is a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver who currently drives the #14 Waste Management Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Ginn Racing. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... For other persons named Muhammad Ali, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation). ...


While some fans didn't like it, it pleased track management that he was helping sell tickets, leading to extra paychecks from track operators for his promotional skills. He also embraced WSM radio host Ralph Emery during his early years, forming a bond which would be influential during his career, as Waltrip would later substitute for Emery in the 1980's on Emery's television show. WSM may refer to one of the following: AM radio station WSM in Nashville, Tennessee, USA FM radio station WSM-FM, also in Nashville Web-based System Manager, an IBM management software for administering AIX 5L host on RS/6000 systems. ... Walter Ralph Emery (born on March 10, 1933) is a famous country music disk jockey and television host. ...


NASCAR

Waltrip started in the Cup level in 1972 with an old Mercury Cyclone which was originally the 1967 Ford driven by Mario Andretti to victory in the 1967 Daytona 500. That car was later rebuilt into a Mercury Cyclone for Rolf Stommelen at Talladega before Waltrip purchased the car and made it the #95 Terminal Transport Mercury. It was his primary car for his first few seasons. Mario Gabriele Andretti (born February 28, 1940 in Montona dIstria, Italy, now Motovun, Croatia) is an Italian American racing driver, and one of the most successful Americans in the history of auto racing. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... Rolf Stommelen was a Formula One driver from Germany born on July 11, 1943. ...


As he moved into the Cup level in the 1970's, his aggressive driving and outspoken style earned him the nickname "Jaws", a reference to the 1975 film about a killer shark. The nickname was given to Waltrip by rival Cale Yarborough in an interview after Waltrip crashed Yarborough out of a race. Waltrip himself preferred the nicknames "D.W." or "D-Dubya" but he did acknowledge Yarborough by displaying an inflatable toy shark in his pit at the next race. The nickname stuck after Waltrip made a now famous comment about one time rival Dale Earnhardt, in which he stated that he could say whatever he wanted about Dale and his team in the news because they "wouldn't be able to read it anyway." // A nickname is a short, clever, cute, derogatory, or otherwise substitute name for a person or things proper name (for example, Bob, Rob, Robbie, Robin, and Bert are possible nicknames for Robert). ... Jaws is a 1975 horror–thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter Benchleys best-selling novel of the same name, which was inspired in turn by the Jersey Shore Shark Attacks of 1916. ... Orders Carcharhiniformes Heterodontiformes Hexanchiformes Lamniformes Orectolobiformes Pristiophoriformes Squaliformes Squatiniformes Symmoriida(extinct) Shark (superorder Selachimorpha) are fish with a full cartilaginous skeleton[1] and a streamlined body. ... William Caleb Cale Yarborough (born March 27, 1939 in Timmonsville, South Carolina, near the Famous Darlington Raceway), is a former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and was one of the series engaging personalities. ... This article is about the elder Dale Earnhardt. ...


At the heights of his NASCAR success in the early 1980s fans often booed Waltrip, but his wit and endearing silliness gradually won over the hearts of most of his critics. Once, as a crowd booed him in Victory Lane, Waltrip silenced the hostile audience by challenging them to "Boo if you love D.W." He also was able to please his sponsor, Mountain Dew, by noticing, "They were saying Dew!", making his sponsor stand up and be noticed. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Mountain Dew is a caffeinated, sweet, citrus-flavored soft drink produced by PepsiCo, Inc. ...


Waltrip's success helped bring the Buick GNX into prominence, since he drove a Regal (whose platform spawned the GNX) while being sponsored by Mountain Dew. The Buick Regal was a mid-sized automobile produced by Buick in the United States between the 1973 and 2004 model years. ... The Buick Regal was a mid-size automobile produced by General Motors Buick division from 1973 through 2004, during which Buick also used the Century name on mid-size models; the two frequently shared bodies and powertrains. ...


Interestingly, while he won 84 races, one "win" which does not count was as relief driver for Donnie Allison at the 1977 Talladega 500, which Allison gets credit as he started the race. Waltrip had dropped out after 106 laps and because of the heat, was driving the Hoss Ellington #1 Hawaiian Tropic car as Allison's replacement. The irony was Waltrip had replaced Allison at the DiGard #88 just two years previously, and was part of the long lore of the Allisons vs Waltrip battle for 16 years. Donnie Allison is a former driver on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit, who won ten times during his racing career, which spanned the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. ...


Late 80's

Waltrip's success with car owner Junior Johnson led to success with three national championships, but concerns grew inside his friends. Cortez Cooper, his pastor, became concerned about his involvement with Budweiser as a sponsor, and after parents complained of how he was helping create a bond of alcohol, fast cars, and success, he seriously considered changing teams, moving after the 1986 season to Hendrick Motorsports, with Procter & Gamble detergent Tide as his sponsor. Robert Glen Johnson, Jr. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Procter & Gamble Co. ... Tide logo A display of Tide laundry detergent at a Supermarket Tide is the name of a popular laundry detergent on the market in the United States and Canada. ...


During 1986, Waltrip and Hendrick began their partnership in establishing a Honda and later (in 1994), a Volvo dealership in Franklin, Tennessee, both aligned with the Hendrick Automotive Group. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Volvo Cars, or Volvo Personvagnar, is a swedish automobile maker founded in 1927 in the city of Gothenburg in Sweden. ... Franklin is a city in Williamson County, Tennessee, USA. The population was 41,842 at the 2000 census, and as of 2007, the population is at 48,593. ...


In the 1989 Daytona 500, Waltrip won the race for the first time in his career on a fuel mileage gamble. His post-race interview with CBS pit reporter Mike Joy, became famous, with Waltrip shouting "I won the Daytona 500! I won the Daytona 500!" accompanied by the "Ickey Shuffle" dance in Victory Lane. The 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began February 12 and ended November 19. ... link titleMike Joy (born November 25, 1949 in Chicago) is a motorsports announcer, who currently serves as the lap-by-lap announcer of FOX Sports NASCAR Nextel Cup coverage. ... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970-present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team...


After helping develop the new Chevrolet Lumina in 1989 to its first victory by winning his fifth Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway that May, establishing a record, and preparing himself for a win in the one remaining major which had eluded him since his first race, the Heinz Southern 500 in Darlington, SC, and a one million dollar bonus for winning three of the sport's four majors -- the Daytona 500, the Aaron's 499, Coca-Cola 600, and the Mountain Dew Southern 500 in a single season. The pressure of both the bonus and Career Grand Slam (at Talladega, he had won the 1977 and 1982 Winston 500, which were his first and fourth career wins in majors) affected Waltrip badly, and he hit the wall early in the race and was never a contender. See Chevrolet Lumina (Australia) for the Australian built vehicle of the same name. ... Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is a superspeedway in Concord, North Carolina, north of Charlotte. ... Darlington is a city located in Darlington County, in northeastern South Carolina, and is a center for tobacco farming. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... At one time, two different NASCAR races were known as the Winston 500: For the race at Talladega Superspeedway from 1971 to 1993 and in 1997, see Aarons 499 For the race at Talladega Superspeedway from 1998 to 2000, see UAW Ford 500 This is a disambiguation page, a... The Coca-Cola 600 (formerly the World 600) is a six hundred mile (966 km) stock car race held annually at Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) in Charlotte, North Carolina on Memorial Day weekend. ... The Mountain Dew Southern 500 is a 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR Nextel Cup race. ... The Aarons 499 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. ...


Waltrip was not able to carry his success of the previous year into 1990. Waltrip had failed to visit victory lane all season long. While practicing for his 500th career start at the Pepsi 400, Waltrip spun out in another car's oil, and was T-Boned by Dave Marcis. Waltrip suffered two broken arms, a broken leg, and a concussion. He missed the Pepsi 400, but came back to run one lap at Pocono, before giving way to Jimmy Horton as a relief driver. Despite missing the next five races due to the injury, Waltrip finished 20th in points and the team was very successful, with substitute driver Greg Sacks finishing second at Michigan in August, and the team only scoring one DNF for the season, when Sarel van der Merwe crashed late in the race at Watkins Glen. During the 1989 and 1990 seasons, Waltrip was voted Most Popular Driver by the fans. The 1990 NASCAR Winston Cup began on Sunday February 11 and ended on Sunday November 18. ... The Pepsi 400 is the current name for the 400 mile (approx. ... Dave Marcis (born March 1, 1941) was a driver on the NASCAR Winston Cup (now known as the NASCAR Nextel Cup) circuit from 1968 until 2002. ... Your brain floats within your skull surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). ... Pocono Raceway is a superspeedway located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania at Long Pond; it is the site of two annual NASCAR Nextel Cup races held just a few weeks apart in June and July. ...


Owner/Driver Years

Waltrip (#17) racing in 1997 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

At the end of the season, Waltrip and crew chief Jeff Hammond started their own Cup team, DarWal Inc.. During the 1970's, Waltrip had owned his own team until being picked by Bud Moore Engineering. His team continued to serve as his personal licencing agent and operator for many short-track cars he would race at many circuits on non-Cup weekends or special events, and eventually went to Busch Series racing. His first season as an owner/driver was a relatively successful, as Waltrip won twice and finished eighth in points in the #17 Western Auto Chevy. In 1992, Waltrip collected three more wins, including finishing off a career Grand Slam by winning the Southern 500 (the last major race which had eluded his 20-year career), and finished 9th in points. That would be the last time he would visit victory lane in a Cup race. Image File history File links Jiffy3. ... Image File history File links Jiffy3. ... New Hampshire International Speedway is a 1. ... Jeff Hammond(born on September 9, 1956), is a NASCAR personality. ... Darrell Waltrip Motorsports is a NASCAR team that is owned and operated by three-time Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip. ... Bud Moore Engineering was a championship-winning NASCAR team. ... Western Auto Supply Company is a chain of automobile parts stores. ... The 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season began on February 9 and ended on November 15. ... Grand Slam is a general sports term applied when achieving something special. ...


In 1993, Waltrip signed former Richard Childress Racing engine builder Lou LaRosa to build engines and Barry Dodson, a former championship winning crew chief. He posted four top ten finishes, but didn't finish higher than third. 1994 saw him make his final appearance in the top ten in championship points by finished 9th. He had a then-unprecedented streak over two seasons of 40 races without a DNF, all with Waltrip's own engines. His only engine failure in the season was after the car crossed the finish line. The 1993 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season began on February 7 and ended on November 14. ... Richard Childress Racing is a NASCAR team fielding Chevrolets for Kevin Harvick (#29 Royal Dutch Shell), Clint Bowyer (#07 Jack Daniels) Jeff Burton (#31 (Cingular Wireless/AT&T), full-time, and Scott Wimmer (#33 Holiday Inn part-time in the Nextel Cup series, as well as the #2 BB... The 1994 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began on Sunday February 20 and ended on Sunday November 13. ...


In 1995, Waltrip was sixteenth in points when he crashed at The Winston, and was forced to let relief drivers take over for several weeks. His second half of the season was highlighted by his final career pole at the NAPA 500. The 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began on February 12 and concluded November 12. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, formerly known as The Winston until 2003, is a race open to race winners from the previous season as well as the current season. ... The Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. ...


In 1996, Waltrip posted two top-ten finishes. Western Auto remained the sponsor as part of Waltrip's 25th anniversary celebration. While the year was one of Waltrip's most profitable, his results continued to fall off. At the UAW-GM Quality 500, Waltrip failed to qualify for the first time in over 20 years as Terry Labonte also failed to make the race. Because Labonte was a more recent Cup champion, he was able to take the past champion's provisional. Waltrip, who was 20th in owner points, was too low in the owner points position to make the race (only the top four in owner points of cars not in the field, excluding the most recent former champion not in the field, were added after qualifying in 1997 rules). After the season, Waltrip and his team were struggling to find sponsors, but were able to put together a last-minute deal with the Ohio-based company Speedblock for 1998. Speedblock only paid portions of what was promised, and the deal was canceled. Waltrip at this point was nearly bankrupt, and sold the team to Tim Beverly. The 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Series started on February 18th 1996 and ended on November 10th 1996 with Terry Labonte winning his 2nd championship. ... The UAW-GM Quality 500 is a NASCAR race that is hosted annually at Lowes Motor Speedway in the United States. ... Terry Labonte, right, shows the frame of a race car in 2005, courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard. ... Speedblock is a former major construction company. ... The 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began on Sunday February 8 and ended on Sunday November 8. ... Tim Beverly (born 1956) is a convicted felon and former NASCAR team owner. ...


Beverly chose not to race the team immediately, choosing to rebuild the team (now part of Ginn Racing after a second sale). During this time, Waltrip signed with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. to drive the #1 Pennzoil Chevy, filling in for injured rookie Steve Park. During his tenure with DEI, Waltrip posted a fifth place finish at the California 500, and led in the final stages of the Pocono 500 and finished in the sixth spot. MB2 Motorsports is a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series team based in Concord, North Carolina, which is near Charlotte. ... Dale Earnhardt, Inc. ... Pennzoils current version of their logo. ... Steve Park from East Northport, New York was born August 23, 1967. ... The Auto Club 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at the California Speedway in Fontana, California. ... The Pocono 500 is the first of two stock car races held at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, on the NASCAR Nextel Cup schedule, the other being the Pennsylvania 500. ...


Final Years

Waltrip's 2000 race car.

At the Brickyard 400, Beverly did return the team as the #35 Pontiac Grand Prix with Tabasco sauce sponsorship. Waltrip resigned at the end of the season. After a brief flirtation with retirement, Waltrip signed to drive the #66 Big K Ford Taurus for Haas-Carter Motorsports. Waltrip failed to qualify seven times during that season with a new qualifying rule for the Past Champion's Provisional. During his retirement year of 2000, Waltrip's best run came at the Brickyard 400, where he qualified on the outside pole and finished eleventh. He finished 36th in points that season. Image File history File links Cup_car_66. ... Image File history File links Cup_car_66. ... The Allstate 400 at The Brickyard is an annual 400 mile (644 km) NASCAR Nextel Cup points race held each August at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. ... The Pontiac Grand Prix is an automobile produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. ... The classic Tabasco red pepper sauce Tabasco sauce is a brand of hot sauce made from tabasco peppers (Capsicum frutescens var. ... new Kmart logo Kmart Corporation was a US based corporation until it merged with Sears Holdings in November 2004. ... The Ford Taurus is a mid-size, front wheel drive car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company in North America. ... Travis Carter Motorsports is a former NASCAR Winston Cup Series team. ... The 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began on Sunday February 13 and ended on Sunday November 20. ...


Craftsman Truck Series

In 1995, Waltrip built a Craftsman Truck Series team, and found success by 1997, when Rich Bickle finished second in overall season standings and winning three races, and made Waltrip one of a few car owners to have won races in NASCAR's three national series. When Sears ceased sponsorship of both teams in 1997, he suspended the Truck team, not returning until 2004 as part of Toyota's NASCAR development. Darrell Waltrip Motorsports is a NASCAR team that is owned and operated by three-time Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip. ... The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks. ... The 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season began on February 13 and ended on November 19. ... Toyota Motor Corporation ), or Toyota is a Japanese multinational corporation and the worlds largest automaker by sales revenue as of 2007[3]. Together with its half-owned subsidiary Daihatsu, the company was the worlds second largest auto company by revenue of $179 billion and total vehicle production, most...


Move to broadcast booth

Waltrip taping a segment for FOX Sports
Waltrip taping a segment for FOX Sports

After his 2000 retirement, he signed with Fox to be one of two analysts on the network's NASCAR telecasts. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 550 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2144 × 2336 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 550 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2144 × 2336 pixel, file size: 1. ... For Fox Sports in Australia see Fox Sports (Australia). ... For the animal, see Fox. ...


Waltrip's broadcast style led to controversy early in his broadcasting career. A week after NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt was killed at Daytona in 2001, Waltrip interviewed NASCAR President Mike Helton for a pre-race segment during the broadcast at North Carolina Speedway (Rockingham). Waltrip believed that four deaths in the previous ten months, all caused by basilar skull fractures incurred in accidents, was too many, and he was not shy about asking Helton for an explanation. Helton's responses irritated Waltrip, who was referred by one magazine as "acting a lot more like the next Mike Wallace (of 60 Minutes) than the next John Madden." This article is about the elder Dale Earnhardt. ... Helton(left) meeting with Adm. ... North Carolina Speedway is a racetrack located in Rockingham, North Carolina. ... A basilar skull fracture (or Basal skull fracture) is a linear fracture involving the base of the skull. ... Mike Wallace (born Myron Leon Wallace on May 9, 1918) is a former American game show host, television personality, and journalist. ... 60 Minutes is an investigative television newsmagazine on United States television, which has run on CBS News since 1968. ... John Earl Madden (born April 10, 1936) is a former National Football League player, head coach, and a Pro Football Hall-of-Famer. ...


He then pushed for mandatory head-and-neck restraints, and two weeks later, demonstrated the device during the broadcast in Atlanta Motor Speedway, explaining the device. Seven months later, NASCAR mandated the devices after a crash during an ARCA Re/Max Series race held after qualifying for the UAW-GM Quality 500 killed driver Blaise Alexander. [1] Atlanta Motor Speedway is a superspeedway in Hampton, Georgia, USA, 20 miles (32 km) south of Atlanta. ... The UAW-GM Quality 500 is a NASCAR race that is hosted annually at Lowes Motor Speedway in the United States. ... Blaise Alexander (March 26, 1976-October 4, 2001), was a stock car racer from Statesville College, Pennsylvania. ...


As the cars take the green flag to start each race, Waltrip shouts "Boogity Boogity Boogity!" (sometimes also including "Lets Go Racing Boys!"), is a nonsense phrase that has become his trademark in recent years. (The phrase appears in the 1960 doo wop parody "Who Put the Bomp" by Barry Mann.) The story Waltrip has told about this is that, as a driver, he got tired of hearing his spotter or crew chief say "green, green, green" at the start of every race and wanted to hear something more original. 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... For the Lauryn Hill single, see Doo Wop (That Thing). ... Parody of Back to the Future In contemporary usage, a parody is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... Who Put The Bomp is a Doo-Wop style hit song by Barry Mann from 1961. ... Barry Mann (born Barry Iberman on February 9, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American songwriter, and part of one of the most prolific songwriting partnerships in the world of rock music. ...


The phrase is also used in the 1974 Ray Stevens hit song "The Streak".


"Boogity Boogity Boogity" is also uttered by Jon Lovitz in the 2006 motion picture The Benchwarmers as he is driving a Toyota Tundra NASCAR race truck. The use of a Toyota is also a Waltrip reference since he helped start their NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series program and appears in Toyota advertisements. In addition, the phrase is used by Darrell Cartrip, Waltrip's character in the movie Cars. Darrell Cartrip is a 1976 Chevy Monte Carlo who serves as a race announcer in the film. Jonathan Lovitz (born July 21, 1957 in Tarzana, California) is an American actor and comedian perhaps best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and for his show The Critic. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Toyota Motor Corporation ), or Toyota is a Japanese multinational corporation and the worlds largest automaker by sales revenue as of 2007[3]. Together with its half-owned subsidiary Daihatsu, the company was the worlds second largest auto company by revenue of $179 billion and total vehicle production, most... The Toyota Tundra is a full-size pickup truck sold by Toyota, replacing the Toyota T100. ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks. ... Cars is an Academy Award, BAFTA, and Saturn -nominated, Golden Globe-winning animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, presented by Walt Disney Pictures, and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... The Chevrolet Monte Carlo is an American mid-size car. ...


In early 2007 Waltrip, a three-time Cup champion, was nominated for an Emmy in the category "Outstanding Event Analyst".


Presently

His younger brother, Michael Waltrip, is a current NASCAR driver and winner of the 2001 Daytona 500 (the race in which Dale Earnhardt was killed) and 2003 Daytona 500. Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt were close friends, and the finish of the 2001 race was a very emotional one for him, as he was torn between joy over seeing his brother take the win and concern over Earnhardt's condition. Michael Curtis Waltrip (born April 30, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is a professional race car driver and owner of Michael Waltrip Racing. ... The 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup season began on February 11 and ended on November 23. ... This article is about the elder Dale Earnhardt. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He currently appears in advertisements for Toyota and Aaron's alongside his brother, Michael. Toyota Motor Corporation ), or Toyota is a Japanese multinational corporation and the worlds largest automaker by sales revenue as of 2007[3]. Together with its half-owned subsidiary Daihatsu, the company was the worlds second largest auto company by revenue of $179 billion and total vehicle production, most... Aarons is a lease-to-own retailer, whose principal rival is Rent-a-Center. ...


Waltrip fielded a Toyota sponsored by Japanese industrial giant NTN for his Craftsman Truck Series team in 2004. David Reutimann drove the truck for the team and earned Rookie of the Year honors that year. Waltrip's team expanded to two trucks in 2005. In August 2005, the revived Darrell Waltrip Motorsports won its first race, the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway with Reutimann driving. The team's current drivers are David Reutimann and rookie Joey Miller, who came to the team from the ARCA Re/Max Series. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks. ... The 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup season began on Saturday, February 7 and ended on Sunday, November 21. ... David Reutimann from Zephyrhills, FL was born March 2, 1970. ... The 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup season began on Saturday, February 12. ... The Toyota Tundra 200 is a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race that takes place at Nashville Superspeedway. ... Nashville Superspeedway is a motor racing complex located in Gladeville, Tennessee (though the track has a Lebanon address), United States, about 48 km (30 miles) east of Nashville. ... Joey Miller is a stock car racer. ... The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is an auto racing sanctioning body in the United States founded in 1964 (not to be confused with the sports car club of the same name founded by the Collier brothers in 1933). ...


Waltrip has made occasional starts (three or less each year) in the Craftsman Truck Series and Busch Series since his "retirement" in 2000. Each of these races have been either at Martinsville Speedway or Indianapolis Raceway Park. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks. ... NASCAR Busch Series logo The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel... Martinsville Speedway is an International Speedway Corporation owned NASCAR stock car racing track located in Martinsville, Virginia. ... OReilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis is a multi purpose racing facility located in Indianapolis, Indiana. ...


Awards

NASCARs 50 Greatest Drivers is a list of NASCAR drivers. ... The International Motorsports Hall of Fame is a Hall of Fame dedicated to enshrining those who have contributed the most to auto racing either as a driver, owner, developer or engineer. ... The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is a Hall of Fame and museum in Novi, Michigan for American motorsports legends. ...

Books

Waltrip has also been successful in the publishing field.


In September 1994, he was featured as the cover story in Guideposts, which was also featured during his final race in 2000. Guideposts is a monthly, small-format interfaith magazine focusing on inspirational, first-person stories. ...


In 2003, he signed a deal with Pearson PLC's Penguin imprint to release his autobiography, written with Jade Gurss. Pearson plc LSE: PSON;NYSE: PSO is a London-based media conglomerate. ...


The biography, DW: A Lifetime Going Around in Circles was a New York Times best-seller when released around the 2004 Daytona 500.


In May 2004, Waltrip became the second sports figure to be featured in former NBA player and basketball coach Jay Carty's One-on-One series of devotional books. Darrell Waltrip One-on-One: The Faith that Took Him to the Finish Line is a sixty-day devotional book featuring Waltrip's stories and how they can relate to faith, and Carty's devotionals. (The series also features John Wooden and Mike Singletary.) John Robert Wooden (born October 14, 1910, in Hall, Indiana) is a retired American basketball coach. ... Michael Singletary (born October 9, 1958 in Houston, Texas) is a former linebacker in American football who played his entire career for the Chicago Bears in the NFL, after starring in college at Baylor University. ...


Other Entertainment Appearances

Waltrip's entertainment appearances were influenced by his early 1970's work with Ralph Emery in Nashville radio, and that led to his work as a fill-in for Emery. Walter Ralph Emery (born on March 10, 1933) is a famous country music disk jockey and television host. ...


In the 1980s and 1990s, he would substitute for Emery on The Nashville Network's Nashville Now and later hosted himself the network's two successor variety shows, "Music City Tonight" and "Prime Time Country". This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Waltrip worked on Days of Thunder as Hendrick Motorsports was a major provider of cars and drivers (he helped hire Bobby Hamilton for the project), and one of his injury substitutes was lead stunt driver Greg Sacks. Days of Thunder is a 1990 movie produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes and Michael Rooker. ... Bobby Hamilton (born May 29, 1957 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a driver and owner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit. ... Greg Sacks(born November 3, 1952, in Mattiuck, New York, is a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver. ...


Waltrip has twice been a presenter at the GMA (Gospel Music Association) Music Awards, partnering with Kathy Troccoli both times. In 1999, they presented the "Song of the Year" award to Mitch McVicker and Rich Mullins for "My Deliverer". Rich Mullins and Mitch McVicker were thrown from their truck after not wearing seat belts, and Mullins was killed in the accident. The GMA Music Awards, formerly the Dove Awards, were created in 1969 by the Gospel Music Association to honor the outstanding achievements in contemporary Christian and gospel music. ... Kathleen Colleen Troccoli (born June 28, 1958) is a contemporary Christian singer, author, and speaker. ... Mitch McVicker is a Contemporary Christian Music artist who attended Friends University in Wichita, KS in the early 1990s, and it was there that Mitch met and befriended the late Rich Mullins. ... now. ...


In 2006, Waltrip and Nicole C. Mullen hosted a DirecTV special, Songs of Faith. Nicole C. Mullen Nicole Coleman Mullen (born June 26, 1967) is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and choreographer. ... A standard DIRECTV satellite dish with 1 LNB on a roof DIRECTV (trademarked as DIRECTV) is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service based in El Segundo, California, USA, that transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America except for Mexico. ...


Also in 2006, he played a color commentator for the Disney/Pixar movie Cars. He played the role as Darrell Cartrip, an obvious pun on his name. The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... Pixars studio lot in Emeryville Pixar Animation Studios is an American seven time Academy Award winning computer animation studio based in Emeryville, California (USA). ... Cars is an Academy Award, BAFTA, and Saturn -nominated, Golden Globe-winning animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, presented by Walt Disney Pictures, and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. ...


He also appeared in the broadcast booth in the movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby where his phrase was "in racing you have good days and bad days and Ricky Bobby just had himself a bad day".


On December 15, 2006, Waltrip played the role of "Mother Ginger" in the Nashville Ballet's production of The Nutcracker. (left to right) Sergei Legat, as the Nutcracker, an unidentified child as a gingerbread soldier, and Lydia Rubtsova as Marianna in Vsevolozhskys costumes for the Ivanov/Petipa/Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker, St. ...


Waltrip has also made a number of appearances in comedic segments appearing during his actual Fox broadcasts of the 2007 Nextel Cup. He has shown his colorful sense of humor in unusual segments such as his fake car dealership ad, and behind the scenes "reality" clips. One segment growing in popularity includes Darrel sitting on the couch playing video games with a "crazy" kid named Chad, (played by Chad Jamian Williams) along with various legendary and current drivers.


Waltripisms

  • "Boogity, Boogity, Boogity! Let's go racin' boys!", said at the start of races.
  • "Don't beat yourself", Waltrip says this when drivers make mental errors on the track.
  • "Nose to the ground, tail in the air like an ol' coon hound", Darrell referring to when a car is aerodynamically sound with its nose on the ground.
  • "Oh, here we go!", often used when a multicar wreck occurs at a restrictor-plate track (this type of wreck is called "The Big One").*"Roval", the word he uses to describe Pocono Raceway. The track has only three turns, each with different degrees of banking, which give it a distinct road-racing feel despite it technically being an oval.
  • "You got mayonaise, cereal, and motor oil and that's a combination right there", referring to a wreck at the 2002 Pontiac Excitement 400 where Steve Park(sponsored by Pennzoil), Terry Labonte(sponsored by Kelloggs), and Rick Mast(sponsored by Sauers Mayonnaise) were all involved in a crash.
  • "The T-i-d-e ride!"
  • "Look at them flames! I like those flames!"
  • "I like that car, that's a nice car", referring to a fast car on the track.
  • "He's mowing the lawn", when Waltrip refers to a driver moving up in the field.
  • "Adios", said when a driver is pulling away from the pack.
  • "What they don't know, they don't know",referring to the younger drivers in NASCAR who do not know the limits of their race car and thinks that is the secret to the younger drivers success.
  • "He pulled a Linda Ronstadt", said when a driver easily passes another. The reference is to her version of the song "Blue Bayou" (a pun for "blew by you").
  • "Biffle's ol' car is a pig in a blanket, and she's a pretty thing ain't she"?, a phrase said in 2003 when Greg Biffle's car was taped up and beat up.
  • "He's sittin' on a hot tin stove and sweating ice water", at the tense moments at the end of a race.
  • "I can't hear you!" used when Waltrip thinks someone will not take a pit stop in the race.
  • "Mr. Feel-Goods", Waltrip's words for when the crew puts on four fresh tires which "feel good" to a driver. Also a reference to the tire manufacturer, Goodyear.
  • "As my daddy said, the cake's all dough", said near the end of the race.
  • "Some drivers are amphibious", meaning to say that some drivers were ambidextrous. Darrell said this during the 2002 Sonoma road course race. Chris Myers, fellow FOX Sports commentator, called him out and corrected him on the air, embarrassing Waltrip.
  • "Open the gate, and head down the interstate", a phrase Darrell uses for drivers who have been involved in multiple wrecks or who are having a bad race weekend and just want to open the cross-over gate and drive home.
  • "Ruh-Roh", said every now and then in reference to mechanical problems with a car or when there's no place to go during a big wreck on the track. The phrase is an imitation of Scooby Doo and the Jetsons dog Astro.
  • "Bench-racing", said when there is a rain delay or red flag.
  • "Slideways", Waltrip's play on words for sideways or when a driver loses control of his car.
  • "Dee-di-do", Waltrip's words for when a car breaks loose; a play on the dancing term.
  • "Datgum it!" Waltrip's words of disgust or anguish, a classic term used to prevent from cursing.
  • "Stay-Together-Please", Waltrip's play on words of STP Oil Treatment during the Richard Petty era.
  • "Co-opetition", referring to how drivers have to both "cooperate" during their "competition" with each other at restrictor plate tracks.
  • "Could someone please tell him what team he's on?"--when teammates get together on the track.
  • "You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel", used when a car loses a tire (usually because of a missing lugnut.) It is a reference to the Kenny Rogers song "Lucille".
  • "Mongo", nickname that referred to the Sirius Satellite Radio dog mascot on the hood of Jimmy Spencer's #7 car in 2003.
  • "Fear the Turtles"--referring to the "Bumps" on the turns of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez which refers to the mascot of the University of Maryland, College Park, a large terrapin.
  • "The Ol' Aaron's Dream Machine", refers to the #99 Aaron's Rent Toyota driven by David Ruetiman.
  • "Those crew chiefs can be real cheerleaders sometimes", used to describe how a crew chief will encourage their drivers in even the worst situations.
  • "He's got the hospital hop", used when a car's braking makes a car bounce unexpectedly.

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See also

Michael Curtis Waltrip (born April 30, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is a professional race car driver and owner of Michael Waltrip Racing. ... Darrell Waltrip Motorsports is a NASCAR team that is owned and operated by three-time Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip. ...

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Preceded by
Dale Earnhardt
NASCAR Winston Cup Champion
1981
Succeeded by
Darrell Waltrip
Preceded by
Darrell Waltrip
NASCAR Winston Cup Champion
1982
Succeeded by
Bobby Allison
Preceded by
Terry Labonte
NASCAR Winston Cup Champion
1985
Succeeded by
Dale Earnhardt
Preceded by
Bobby Allison
Daytona 500 Winner
1989
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Darrell Lee Waltrip (born February 5, 1947 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is a NASCAR driver, active from 1972 to 2000, who won three Winston Cup titles (1981, 1982, 1985), the 1989 Daytona 500, 1992 Southern 500, and is the undisputed Memorial Day major race record holder, having won an unprecedented five Coca-Cola 600 titles.
Waltrip started in the Cup level in 1972 with an old Mercury Cyclone which was originally the 1967 Ford driven by Mario Andretti to victory in the 1967 Daytona 500.
Waltrip, who was 20th in owner points, was too low in the owner points position to make the race (only the top four in owner points of cars not in the field, excluding the most recent former champion not in the field, were added after qualifying in 1997 rules).
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